10 Questions For: Jon-Jon Emary

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10 Questions For: Jon-Jon Emary

As the Newlands Station Manager for the Volunteer Wildfire Services, this brave local man dedicates his spare time to keeping Cape Town from going up in flames

1. How would you describe what you do for a living?
I work my butt off day in and day out to pay the bills. But other than that, in my spare time, I am the Newlands Station Manager for the Volunteer Wildfire Services. The truth is that it is a full-time job, but as a group of passionate volunteers, we somehow get it done in our free time.

2. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
When I moved to Cape Town at the age of three, I can clearly remember driving into the city on the N1 and seeing the infamous Table Mountain for the first time.

3. If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, for dinner, who would they be and why?
My father, so that he could see what I have done with my life. Nelson Mandela, because who wouldn’t want to have dinner with the father of the new South Africa? And my amazing girlfriend – she is incredibly supportive of everything I do and definitely my biggest fan.

4.  If you ever found yourself auditioning for a music reality TV show, what song would you sing and why?
‘Fire’ by Gavin DeGraw. It just seems appropriate after the week we had in March battling the massive Cape fires.

5.  How would you complete this sentence?  
The South African cabinet should include a Minister of __________.

6.  What would you say is the biggest misconception about you?
That I know everything. The reality is I really don't (but Google does).

7. What is your (honest) opinion of Cape Town?
Aside from that I think it’s the best city in the world? Where else can you experience such awesome people and amazing beauty?

8. What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
I don’t think you have to overcome fear. Fear is a part of life. It is good to be scared of some things – it keeps you on your toes. You just need to manage the fear.

9. What's the one thing you'd like to achieve before you die?
I want to be able to see my children be happy and successful.

10.  Which well- known South African personality would you , without a doubt, be able to beat in a street fight and why?  
With a fire beater or rake hoe in hand, I could definitely fight off some rather ominous opponents.


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